The best ways to celebrate in style
With its Christmas markets and fairytale buildings covered in snow, Vienna is a great destination for a winter holiday. If the new year finds you there, here’s how you welcome it.
In the City of Music it is impossible not to find a way to dance the year away, whether it’s inside a glamorous ballroom or the open party in the old city center. But if you want to welcome the new year in Vienna in the most memorable way possible, we’ve got three very different suggestions for you:
An Imperial Ball For An Elegant Princess
One of the most famous events on New Year in Vienna is the Silverster Ball at the gorgeous Hofburg Palace. It is the sort of event where you put on the most sophisticated gown in your closet, do your hair up and make sure that the heels are dancefloor-friendly. It’s where men kiss your hand, ask you to dance and actually know how to, so make sure to brush up on your waltz steps if you’re tempted by this option. This year’s theme is „Rhythm of Vienna” and the event features top-class opera performers, orchestras and bands, while the entertainment alternates with a four-course meal with Austrian wines and French champagne. It’s the stuff of fairytales.
Sail The Night Away
Photo: DDSG Blue Danube
One of the most romantic ways to spend New Year in Vienna is taking a boat ride on the Danube while the blinkering lights of the parties along the way catch your eye. The DDSG Blue Danube has the ideal solution, with much of their fleet sailing up and down the Danube river all night long. The most famous of them, The MS Admiral Tegetthoff has a beautifully modern look, with a spectacular sundeck (less of the sun during winter) from where you get a unique vantage point of the fireworks. Add some live music, a gala buffet, a tombola and a special surprise.
A Royal Train Ride
Photo: Majestic Imperator Train de Luxe
If you want something even more memorable than swaying on the dancefloor or the gentle sways of the water, how about a train ride? Greeting the New Year in Vienna doesn’t get more special than on board the Majestic Imperator, a luxury steam train reminiscent of the “Fin de siècle”, with a dining carriage dedicated to Emperor Franz Josef, the man who loved to travel in these luxurious trains. Despite almost all original wagons being destroyed, the Majestic has been reconstructed using the original building plans. There is also a carriage dedicated to Sisi, furnished with original fabrics from the Schönbrunn Palace.
Your New Year adventures can start in a journey around Vienna, stopping on the Danube Bridge for firework displays then getting back to the dancefloor or to the table for a 5-course meal and all the champagne you can wish for.
Wherever you end up enjoying the start of the new year, I am sure you will love the experience in a city as fantastic as Vienna. And if you want more tips on things to do around the city, keep an eye out for our Vienna Glam Guide.